Starving out our temptations: Part II–Sistertalk…Reflections from Ellen
More thoughts today on living in light of Romans 13:14, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision(give no place) for the flesh in regard to its lusts/cravings.”
If we’re going to be women who resist the pull of our flesh towards sexual temptations and relational idols, AND grow as daughters of God who make no provision to be tempted towards what pulls us, we must understand the two commands in this verse. First, we are to daily clothe ourselves in Jesus, rather than any other thing. Being “clothed in Jesus” is another way of saying that we are to live and respond to life as it happens ‘to us’, by faith and in surrender to the amazing truth that Jesus lives within us. We are HIS in regards to all areas of life; we are not our own and have no right to say, “Jesus, I love and worship You but in this area, I’ll take care of things myself.”
It is “these” areas in which we seek to be queen of our universe, that are generally linked to our fleshly desires, such as being emotionally or sexually comforted whatever the cost. Or being #1 in someone’s thoughts or affections, regardless of how unhealthy the attachment to that woman or man might be. Or pursuing (via pornography and other venues of media), a consistent stream of material that fuels our self-constructed worlds of romantic and sensual fantasy.
Later this week, I want to explore more in regards to a) discovering our specific areas of fleshly pull and b) discovering the specific wisdom Jesus has for each of us in taking steps toward cutting off the fuel supply to our lusts.
- Jesus conversed with, pursued, spent time with, loved, healed and forgave sin-ensnared women throughout His ministry while on earth. Often the Church has been silent about the sexual sin patterns that women are struggling with. Read and reflect upon Psalm 139 and think of it as a prayer you might say to Jesus as you seek help and freedom from your addictions to people’s attention and affection, to your 5-10-25 year masturbation pattern or to your inability to stop having sex with others. Jesus KNOWS you in these struggles AND loves you so much that He wants to free you from them.